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How do I become a Firefighter?
Self-sponsored students (those students not already working as paid suppression employees of a fire department) become certified Alabama Firefighters by attending FF I/II (recruit school) at the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa or attending an AFC Regional Recruit School at an approved RTC and passing the Alabama State Firefighter certification test given at the end of the recruit school.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must provide a copy of your HS diploma or GED
  • Must provide successful completion of the CPAT exam
  • Must provide or obtain proof of medical training, either Emergency Care Provider  (3 days course) or provide copy of EMT training.
  • Must provide proof of medical insurance (self- sponsored students) or NOE (department sponsored)
  • Must have a physical (form included in the FF I/II registration packet)

How long is FF I/II School?
FF I/II (recruit school) is 9 weeks, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.

What is the cost?
Please contact student services for tuition and fees at 1(800)241-2467 or email 
studentservices@alabamafirecollege.org. For Books and Uniforms, contact AFC bookstore for prices 1(866)984-3545 or email bookstore@alabamafirecollege.org.

Is lodging provided?
Yes we can provide lodging for the 9 weeks.  Please contact student services for more information at 1(800)241-2467 or email
studentservices@alabamafirecollege.org.
  

Where can I attend an Emergency Care Provider class?
ECP is offered at the Alabama Fire College. This class is usually taught Wednesday, Thursday & Friday before a FF I/II class would start on the following Monday.

Where can I take the Emergency Medical Technician?
This class is offered at the Alabama Fire College. Please contact Student Services for upcoming dates and tuition at 1(800)241-2467 or email
studentservices@alabamafirecollege.org.

Do you have financial aid?
The Alabama Fire College is not a credit-granting institution and therefore, at this time, does not qualify to participate in financial aid programs.

Can I use VA benefits to pay for tuition?
Yes. You must first contact your VA representative for approval. Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility and a copy of your high school diploma you can then register for the FF I/II school. Your representative will be able to determine the amount of benefits that you have available to use and NOT the Alabama Fire College.

How do I sign up for FFI/II School?
The FF I/II application packet can be obtained from our website. Complete the registration packet and return with your $175 non-refundable deposit in order to hold your spot for the upcoming FF I/II School. (provided there are still openings)

When is my documentation due?
All documentation and payment should be received 1 month prior to the begin date of the school.

What is CPAT?
CPAT stands for Candidate Physical Ability Test. The CPAT is a sequence of events requiring the candidate to progress along a predetermined path from event to event in a continuous manner. This test was developed to allow fire departments a means for obtaining pools of trainable candidates who are physically able to perform essential job tasks at fire scenes. (click 
here for more information concerning CPAT).

When does the CPAT exam expire?
It will expire 1 year from the date that you took the exam and passed.

Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission | 2501 Phoenix Dr - Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405 | Toll Free: 1 (800) 241-2467 - Fax: 205-391-3757